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  • Trying to save by paying docs more. Cutting health costs by paying doctors more? That is the premise of experiments under way by federal and state government agencies and many insurers around the country. The idea is that by paying family physicians,
  • Economy forces consumer evolution. Adrienne Radtke plans to keep riding her bike to work even if gas prices drop. Steve Pizzini got rid of his Cadillac Escalade in favor of a 16-year-old Acura and doesn't expect to have another
  • Regulators thwart 'bear raids' on stocks. An emergency order by Wall Street regulators to combat "bear raids" on vulnerable financial stocks, launched by traders that profit when stocks go down, goes into effect today [Monday]. But the rule's main intent — to
  • Americans dig deeper into debt. The collection agencies call at least 20 times a day. For a little quiet, Diane McLeod stashes her phone in the dishwasher. But right up until she hit the wall financially, Ms. McLeod was a dream
  • Banks responsible for the loss of trust. By his own admission, Simi Valley resident Vince Asturi knew he had nothing to worry about when federal authorities took over IndyMac Bank. Asturi, 78, and his wife had less than $100,000 in assets at the Pasadena-based
  • Lawsuit threatens Sarbanes-Oxley Act. Just when you thought that the drive toward better financial accounting couldn't be stopped, a stick may be shoved into the spokes. A decision expected soon from a federal court might throw the Sarbanes-Oxley Act
  • Congress' long delayed mortgage legislation. After six months of haggling and political gamesmanship, a massive housing relief bill is heading for final approval. Although it has hundreds of pages and contains dozens of initiatives, including revamping federal oversight of the
  • Consumer Action comments on Fed credit card proposals. Consumer Action today submitted comments on the Federal Reserve's proposed rule changes under Regulation AA - Unfair or Deceptive Acts or Practices [R-1314] and Regulation Z - Truth in Lending [R-1286]. In its comments, which
  • Si reaparece una deuda prescrita. Como si fuera un pecado de juventud que habíamos querido olvidar, puede que después de muchos años aparezca en nuestra vida una deuda muy vieja, que no nos dejará tranquilos hasta que
  • Little foreclosure relief seen from housing bill. After a year of debate, Congress appears close to passing a bill intended to stem the rising tide of home foreclosures and stabilize the shaky housing market. But even if the bill wins final passage —
  • Individual health policies leave many behind. Soon after a pediatrician noted in his medical records that 5-year-old Logan Swaim was short for his age, his mother, Theresa, tried to buy health insurance. Her husband, William, had started his own landscaping business
  • Help for harried homeowners. The Neighborhood Assistance Corporation of America is doing something that should have been done a long time ago. Beginning this Saturday, the nonprofit housing advocacy organization will host a free, five-day "Save the Dream of
  • Cash-back cards look more compelling. With new frequent-flyer fees, cash-back cards make more sense than ever for most consumers. Remember S&H Green Stamps? I sure do. When I was a kid I used to I help my Aunt Freda
  • Pay-as-you-drive auto insurance. An alliance of insurance companies and environmentalists wants to bring a new kind of mileage-based auto insurance to California and charge motorists only for the number of miles actually driven. Called pay as you drive,
  • Officials work fast to shore up mortgage system. Underscoring the depth and breadth of the housing crisis and the risk it poses to financial markets and the economy, federal officials continued working furiously Monday on a dual track to prevent future abusive lending
  • Low health insurance caps leave patients stranded. Mary Wusterbarth thought her toddler was struggling with an ear infection when she seemed sluggish. Instead, a virus had attacked the little girl's heart, damaging it beyond repair. Brea needed a transplant. Within three weeks
  • Stock manipulation by rumor probed. Wall Street regulators are examining whether securities firms adequately police rumor-mongering used to manipulate stocks after shares of Lehman Bros. Holdings Inc., Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac tumbled last week. The Securities and Exchange Commission's
  • Home equity lines frozen at IndyMac. The federal regulators who seized IndyMac Bank late last week reiterated Sunday that its branches would be open as usual this morning but said home equity lines of credit issued by the bank would be
  • Demand for compacts stresses rental car companies. David Sikorski went to a Hertz in Austin, Texas, last month to rent a car for a business trip to Dallas. He'd booked a fuel-efficient mid-size sedan, hoping to keep expenses down on the 400-mile

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